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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Acute Inpatient, Day Hospital and Emergency Care (AIDE) program

The Psychiatry Acute Inpatient, Day Hospital and Emergency Care (AIDE) program provides short-term mental health care for youth up to age 18 years who are in crisis.  The program consists of a three bed short-stay voluntary inpatient unit for youth who present to the SickKids emergency room with mental health issues and require admission to hospital.  The focus of the unit is on assessment and stabilization of the presenting issues as well as working with the youth and family on strategies to address safety concerns.

AIDE also operates a six spot day hospital program.  The focus of the day hospital program is on helping youth with mental health issues to acquire skills to improve their level of functioning.  The day hospital program operates Monday -Friday from 9:00am to 2:30pm and involves group therapy, family meetings, and a Toronto District School Board classroom. 

How to make a referral:

  • If you are a health-care professional, log in to eCHN to submit your referral. From your eCHN account, you will be seamlessly connected to SickKids e-referral platform, EpicCare Link.
  • Learn more about our referral process.
  • For urgent referrals only (same day referrals), contact eCHN’s Helpdesk directly 416-813-7998 or 1-877-252-9900, or by email at helpdesk@echn.ca.
    On weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays, please contact the Fellow on call via SickKids Locating at 416-813-1500.